The Madonna of the Roses (1903) & Pieta (1876), William Adolphe-Bouguereau
This is so sad.
Mmmm, this was a fun one. I tried really hard to be logical about my choices and not build myself an island harem. I hope you all appreciate my self-restraint!
Assets: Extra-sensory hearing, ability to read minds when touching, excellent hunter, beautiful singing voice, can play the guitar, extremely attractive, good sense of humor.
Liabilities: Distractingly hot.
Most Likely To Bond With: Finnick, Maddie, Finn (and me!)
Notes: Ummm, yes please. Yeah, Roar is someone I wouldn’t mind being stranded with at all, but he would also be useful. He’d be handy both for hunting and protection, he knows survival skills, and his good humor and ear for music would be good for morale.
Assets: Queen of post-apocalyptic survival techniques; skilled at hunting, defense, finding and purifying water, shooting, etc.
Liabilities: A bit prickly.
Most Likely To Bond With: Cade, maybe Mal (and me?)
Notes: If I’m going to be trapped anywhere without technology, I’m taking Lynn. Her only negative is she’s not exactly a people person or team player.
Assets: Survival skills such as hunting, cooking, fishing, hiding, fighting, etc.; can survive totally without technology; was raised in the woods; can climb trees like a monkey; can navigate by the stars.
Liabilities: Might not understand and/or trust the others in the group at first.
Most Likely To Bond With: Lynn, Roar, Derek (and me!)
Notes: I have no idea what kind of island we’re landing on, so I thought it best to bring along people who have learned to survive in different types of wilderness. Cade grew up in a Kentucky national park, so his experience is a little different than the others’.
Liabilities: Depends on whom I pick.
Most Likely To Bond With: Depends on who they are (but me, of course.)
Notes: I can’t decide who I want! Hermoine would be useful but would get on my nerves. Ron would screw things up. Harry would turn the island into a guys’ group. Remus would turn into a werewolf. Sirius is nuts. Neville would botch things up as well, but he’s sweet. I haven’t met Luna yet, but she seems fun. I just thinking having a wizard long would be helpful.
Assets: Crazy tracking skills, comfortable with firearms, good at hunting/defending, sweet nature.
Liabilities: Can be a bit macho, likes to fistfight.
Most Likely To Bond With: Cade, maybe Beast and Bal, Pol (and me!)
Notes: Look, if I’m going to be stranded on an island, I want to be with the guy that kind find food ANYWHERE. And if that guy happens to be cute, too, well…
Assets: Charming, good-natured, clever, strong swimmer, excellent fisherman, handy with a spear, canny fighter, not afraid to kill.
Liabilities: May irritate the other males with his flirting (except Roar.)
Most Likely To Bond With: Roar, Lynn, Maddie, Finn (and me!)
Notes: Come on. Who WOULDN’T want to be trapped on an island with Finnick? The sea is his playground. The others can find food and materials on land, but Finnick can pull them from the waves. Want to weave a swimsuit out of seaweed? Done! Want to eat a porpoise? Done! Also, he’s a sweet boy (see: Mags) who nevertheless has an iron core thanks to his time in The Hunger Games.
Assets: Strong, silent type; soldier; good with weapons, defending, fighting; able to quash disagreements quickly; can put up with contrary personalities.
Liabilities: Oldest of the group.
Most Likely To Bond With: Cade, Mal, Beast, Balthazaar (and me!)
Notes: Even if we manage the dangers of living on an island, it won’t be any good if there’s friction in the group. I have several charmers and easy-going personalities in my crew, but Pol is the most unshakeable. If he can keep freaking Eugenides under control, he can keep us all from killing each other when tempers run short. Also, he’s sweet and I like him.
Assets: Fantastic sense of humor, optimistic, caring, determined, fair shot.
Liabilities: Not accustomed to wilderness survival.
Most Likely To Bond With: Everyone, most likely (including me!)
Notes: Finn, more than anyone, will be able to make me laugh. Also, while he’s competent, he’s not gung-ho, so he won’t mind us slower folks.
Assets: Good sense of direction, reliable under fire, lovely accent, good head for heights, mechanically savvy.
Liabilities: Gunfire scares her.
Most Likely To Bond With: Everyone, most likely (including me!)
Notes: I wanted to make sure Lynn and I weren’t the only girls on the island, because Lynn is scary. I also couldn’t pick most of the “strong” women in YA lit because, though they are useful, they are also scary and/or “one of the guys.” Maddie, on the other hand, is a regular girl. She likes to work with her hands, she loves her grandparents, etc. I think we’d get along quite well.
Assets: Faerie magic, pocket-sized, easily fed, good at mending.
Liabilities: Bit of a thief, easily distracted by honey.
Most Likely To Bond With: Finnick, Cade (and me!)
Notes: He’s funny, he’s sweet, and since this is my fantasy, he will be my faerie BFF!
If, somehow, we find extra room on the lifeboat, I’m bringing Beast and Balthazaar. Beast is the perfect protector, since he’s so huge and fierce, but he’s also kind and gentlemanly, so he’ll help Pol keep the others in line. And Balthazar is my own special book boyfriend and therefore shall go everywhere I go. He is also very, very useful for multiple reasons. (You’ll just have to read Mortal Heart to find out the details.)
Honorable mentions: Gavriel Duval, Beka Cooper and Master Farmer (and Achoo), Sam and Celaena and Chaol, Wesley Ayers and Mackenzie Bishop, DJ Schwenk, Sturmhond and Harshaw and Genya and Zoya, Superman/Clark Kent, Sky, Annabeth Chase, Annith and Ismae and Sybella, Joi, Aelyx, Scarlet and Much, Perry and Brooke, Soap, Thresh and Rue, Tarver, Buruu, Rose Justice, Elodie, Adam Parrish and Noah Czerny, Hector and Elisa, W.W. Hale and Kat Bishop, ARCLIGHT’s Rue, Dusty Everhart, Gen and Irene and Helen and Sophos and COSTIS, Morpheus, Nawat, Seraphina and Fruit Bat and Orma, Katsa and Po, Alona Dare and Will Killian, Rudy Steiner and Liesel Meminger, Verity, AND SO MANY MORE! PARTY ON THE ISLAND!
#yaphotoaday Day 39. Cool Cover Remodel.
Not a cover remodel exactly but something even cooler. The cover of HOW TO LEAD A LIFE OF CRIME… is REVERSIBLE! Oooh plot twist!
#yalit #books #booksagram #bookcover
#yaphotoaday Day 27. Best. Title. Ever.
Ally Carter’s GALLAGHER GIRLS series has the cleverest titles. I love then dearly. #books #booksagram #yalit
wat rings u got *****?
Thus the myth of the knight lumbering around like Frankenstein is busted
This myth bugs me to no end, so let me clear it up here and now:
A made-to-measure suit of full plate armour is (and ergo was) less cumbersome to wear than, say, an ill-fitting all-weather coat. It was expensive as heck, but the movement it afforded was surprisingly non-restrictive. Also remember that the men who wore these suits were usually quite physically fit (medieval knights - who were among the few who could afford the armour - were trained to fight from around 6 years-old), and were accustomed to training while wearing them.
Plate armour was moderately heavy, granted, but the weight was optimally distributed over the body, meaning the mostly costly aspect of wearing it was increased fatigue. It’s not heavy in the same way a hiking backpack is heavy. Any accounts of a knight being unable to rise after being knocked down were most likely because he was injured, dehydrated, or just plain exhausted - all of which being common in battle anyway. Regardless, it’s unlikely that it’s because his armour prevented him from moving… and the fallacy of knights requiring cranes to get onto their horses is just stupid.
The idea that full plate was sooo impractical is ludicrous; if it were, people wouldn’t have bothered with it.
I freaked out when he did a cartwheel. Woah.
I ended up with THREE reviews this week, plus my normal discussion post (which books would you save from a fire?) and a Cover Love. I also got to squeal loud and long over my favorite TV shows. Check it out!
Thanks, ABRAMS! Thanks, Macmillan! <3
This week has been remarkably mellow and devoid of important life events. One thing I did this week that I enjoyed is participating in the #YAphotoaday Instagram challenge created by Jaime Morrow. I love being able to share some of my favorite books with my friends and family! Below are a few of my more recent pictures. (I’m ShaeLit on Instagram if you’d like to follow me.)
Just watch it.
No, seriously. Watch the video.
but guys…can you imagine what would happen if someone hacked the highways?
SIGNAL BOOST THIS SHIT
I just contributed, and you guys should too. How amazing would this be for our planet and our way of living?
I’m curious what the cons are (because even the best things have cons), but these look pretty cool.